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2019

Feminism

Western Oregon University

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When The Truth Isn't Enough: Anti-Racist-White Hero Framework, Tokenism, And Postracism, Sarah Daves Dec 2019

When The Truth Isn't Enough: Anti-Racist-White Hero Framework, Tokenism, And Postracism, Sarah Daves

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By applying Madison’s “anti-racist-white-hero” (ARWH) framework developed in 1999, I seek to discuss how ambiguous, and yet, obvious views of race, racism, and success are threaded throughout the 2000 film Men of Honor, and so, create a false sense of post-racism, which includes a rhetoric of tokenism. Through the application of this framework, I am then able to conclude that the film does, in fact, “sustain systemic racism even though it appears to expose and condemn it” (McFarlane p. 82). By taking an in-depth look at the film, I am able to expose the myth of white superiority and ...